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Discrete event simulation

A technique often used by engineers in the design and modification of production systems, whereby models output statistical estimates of performance, using graphic animation to help create a greater understanding of system dynamics.

Discrete manufacturing

Production of distinct items such as automobiles and computers.

Discrete part manufacturing

a manufacturing process that produces discrete parts in comparatively small lots or batches of from one to perhaps 50,000.

Disk mirroring

data protection by duplication on disk drives.


The measured distance traveled by a point from its position at rest. Peak to
peak displacement is the total measured movement of a vibrating point between its positive and negative extremes. Measurement units expressed as inches or millinches.

Distributed processing

the physical and/or logical connectivity of hardware, software, information, and load sharing.

Distributed system

a system consisting of a group of connected computers sharing software, information or load.

Distribution management

Systems that determine optimal quantities of each product to be made at each plant and to be distributed to each warehouse, such that manufacturing and distribution costs are minimized and customer demands are met.


The characteristic of a workforce which is a result of individual differences between its members. Specific differences may include: gender, workforce minorities, or individual disabilities. Workforce diversity is a major organizational strength when the knowledge, abilities and strengths of individual workers are recognized and respected.


Document management system

Document management system

Allows users to store, search, and manipulate documents electronically and to maintain a library of text and images in a compact space. Most systems also provide a means for passing documents across a network.


periods where computers, equipment, or manufacturing systems are not available to perform work.


A common occurrence in time-proportional controllers. It refers to the difference in temperature between the set point and where the system temperature actually stabilizes due to the time-proportioning action of the controller.


Digital signal processing or digital signal processor.

Dual Element Sensor

A sensor assembly with two independent sensing elements.

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